A.C. Brown's Oakdale High letterman jacket doesn't have enough spare room for a fly to land on a free space of virgin wool.
They say two Clarks are better than one, but Oakdale High girls basketball coach Gary Smith is thrilled to at least have at one of them for the second half of Valley Oak League play.
Since Oakdale High's wrestling team hadn't wrestled at home since Dec. 11, area wrestling fans may have forgotten why the Mustangs are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the state and considered one of the best teams in Central Valley history.
If you corner one of the dozens of Oakdale High coaches in the produce section at a local grocery store and ask them how you can help benefit their respective program, he or she will probably finish spinning that bag of apples and offer a simple reply:
Recently adorned with a homecoming King crown by last year's winner, Blake Thompson, Oakdale High junior Justin Martinez is all smiles and all thumbs after receiving his 2011 selection from the OHS student body on Friday at the Mustang gymnasium. Martinez went on to watch Oakdale snare a basketball win over Kimball, and enjoyed homecoming festivities with fellow winners Haley Stout (queen), Mikey Stout (prince) and Kalkidan Curtis (princess). Look for additional photos in the February 2nd edition of The Oakdale Leader.
All those Oakdale High seniors who have sat out Valley Oak League duals to prepare for big tournaments far away from home will give Mustang fans a special look at their top lineup for a senior night conference meet against visiting Sonora on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Led by senior guard Vince Thompson's 15-points (including three 3-point baskets) Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team bested Oak Valley League rival Sonora by a score of 55-45 on Friday night.
He admits the big losses are disturbing, but Oakdale High girls varsity basketball coach, Gary Smith, knows his injury ravaged program hasn't folded yet.
For a minute and 34 seconds, Oakdale High's injury-plagued varsity girls basketball team stayed with East Union's Valley Oak League-leading program, grasping a 0-0 tie as both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net.
Vince Fauria's last-second three-pointer sailed toward the basket, carrying with it the appearance of everything Oakdale High desperately wanted in light of a three-point deficit against host East Union.
The buzz about this year's Oakdale High wrestling team didn't start when locals learned they might get state champion David Ferry in March of last year.
Four-year varsity standout on Oakdale High's girls basketball team, Cassandra Clark, could be done for the season after a devastating injury to her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a tough loss to Weston Ranch this past week.
Vince Thompson sent Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team into another tournament championship game with another last-minute three-pointer in the semi-finals, but Oakdale couldn't stop a soaring Riverbank in the series finale on Thursday.
An eight-point lead slipped away faster than Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team could plug the leak, and Hilmar snuck in a 12-2 rally to snare a 47-42 win in the championship game of the recent Ripon Christian Tournament.
There were as many state-ranked wrestlers as there were weight classes on Thursday in a hugely anticipated dual meet between Oakdale High and Bakersfield in Driller territory.
The talents of Oakdale High athletes were on display during a barrage of recent action in girls soccer, swimming, boys tennis, boys golf and baseball. Following is a summary of contests.
A battle of Valley Oak League juggernauts swung violently in favor of visiting Sierra High on March 20 as the returning Sac-Joaquin Section runner-ups delivered a 5-0 thumping of the same Oakdale softball program that beat them in the 2012 SJS finals.
Oakdale High junior Dezirae Pennington had better tie those laces tight, because she's bound to leap right out of those shoes.
Seven innings of spectacular pitching provided a unique marvel on March 8, as Oakdale High pitcher Bryce Dyrda tossed a complete game no-hit shutout over Johansen.
The spectacular teamwork of Oakdale High tennis players Trae Folla and Miguel Rosales has been a spectacle to behold thus far in 2013. The pair landed landmark wins over Weston Ranch and Manteca to start the year, then rallied to batter East Union and Lathrop's top doubles pairs with more terrific play.
The girls soccer team that escapes Valley Oak League play with a conference championship this year is going to enter the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason like an apple that hit every branch on the way down.
The state medal draped around the neck of Oakdale High sophomore Nico Colunga couldn't fit better if it was sized and measured at the Men's Wearhouse.
You don't need shoulder pads or a singlet to showcase new muscles. Sometimes you just need a forehand or backhand.
Six Oakdale High students extended their Winter sports season into March by claiming advancements from the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships to the state meet.
A 6-3 win by Oakdale High senior Eric Barragan landed the Mustang wrestler a first place finish in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championships in Los Banos and avenged a prior loss at the Valley Oak League tournament.
It happens every year.
The 11 Valley Oak League individual titles won by members of Oakdale High's wrestling program on Saturday, Feb. 9 set a school and conference record at Tracy's Kimball High.
Scoring 35 points in one game is a lot like committing a felony. Both garner the attention of the community and both are likely to land your mug shot in the newspaper. Oakdale High senior Austin Archuleta put up 35 in a thrilling Homecoming win over Kimball on Feb. 1.
The wrestling chapter of the Oakdale High record book is guarded by a heavy padlock these days, as annual supremacy has surrendered some the most dominant performances in Valley Oak League history.
Senior wrestlers in the Valley Oak League must have night terrors about wild horses.